Where are your tripwires?

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Where is your tripwire?

Whether you’re prepping for survival or studying self defense against a criminal, you need to consider the circumstances under which you’d respond — where your tripwires are, the things that will trigger your response. Some people call them “a line in the sand” or “point of no return”, but no matter what the term the function is the same: the circumstances which ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 13, 2017

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It’s getting closer to Christmas, and though we don’t have any snow on the ground at my house that doesn’t mean I don’t have any presents for you — here are a bunch of great articles to stuff your electronic stocking!

Don’t be there when it happens

Some interesting observations about riots, from someone who’s been there. We’re accustomed to thinking of riots as being somewhat organized, but in reality they’re usually not. The author explains three often misunderstood characteristics of ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 6, 2017

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Christmas is coming, and I’m bringing lots of joy in the form of personal safety and preparedness information!

 

Oldies but goodies

Most of these self defense myths have disappeared from the mainstream, but they seem to crop up whenever ill-informed relatives gather for a holiday meal. Jim Wilson explains three old saws that your Uncle might bring up over the mashed potatoes, and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 29, 2017

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November is winding down, but the great information in the Hump Day Reading List never ends!

Want to host a training course? Here’s how.

On Monday I said I was looking to teach in more parts of the country during 2018, and invited you to host one of my classes. I’m sure more than a few people wondered just what that entails and how to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 22, 2017

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, a buffet of great articles — and not a turkey among them!

 

Low light shooting isn’t really about shooting

Lots of folks are sticking lights on their carry guns these days without a real understanding of their purpose or their use. The light isn’t supposed to facilitate your shooting; it’s to enable you to search and find a threat. That’s not something that’s efficiently (or safely) done with a WML mounted on your pistol. Jeff Gonzales ...

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Real talk about effective church security

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With the recent attack on a church in Texas, in which 26 people were killed and dozens injured, many people are looking for ways to prevent or respond to such attacks. And there are others ready to prey on that need with bad or incomplete information. Everyone, it seems, is suddenly a “Church Security Consultant”.

As a result you can find lots of misguided articles and ...

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This week on Training Talk: Church and synagogue security

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Church and synagogue security

After the attack on First Baptist Church in Sunderland Springs last week, many houses of worship — and their congregants — are taking a hard look at their security procedures and plans.

This week on PDN Training Talk, I’ll be having an in-depth discussion about security for our religious institutions. My guests, both of whom have experience in consulting and training for worship ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 8, 2017

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Only the best of the information I find goes into the Hump Day Reading List — why would you trust your family’s safety and security to anything less?

 

Beyond “stranger danger”

I’ve always winced at the notion of teaching children to be fearful of strangers. When I was doing wilderness search-and-rescue I learned that lost children who’d been indoctrinated with the “stranger danger” mindset ...

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More is not necessarily better, especially when you can’t take care of it

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If you have it, you need to take care of it

Any preparations you’ve made for your safety and protection — whether physical skills, gear and equipment, or storage commodities — need to be maintained to be useful. There is a cost to maintenance, and it’s one we often ignore in our zeal to always acquire more.

That cost may affect your ability to respond efficiently ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 25, 2017

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I didn’t intend for this to be Revolver Week, but I did find several good revolver-related items — plus information on surviving wildfires, con men, shooting out of fear, why some people put off training, and more!

Are you prepared for wildfire?

This is the first of two articles I’m sharing about lessons learned from the recent wildfires in California. These fires, pushed along ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 11, 2017

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It’s Wednesday, which means a new collection of great information to make your life safer and more secure!

An easy way to carry medical gear

On Monday I suggested that everyone — regardless of whether they carry a gun or not — should always have the ability to treat trauma that causes massive blood loss. There are a number of ways you can carry ...

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Some lessons from the Las Vegas attack

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As I write this it’s been five days since a man opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding over 500. While information is still being processed by law enforcement, and there are still many unanswered questions about the motives of the attacker, enough information has come out about the circumstances of the incident that we can ...

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Training Talk: How do you treat injuries in an active mass casualty event?

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Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics

In the aftermath of the horrific and cowardly attack in Las Vegas this week, I put myself on a mandatory commentary blackout. The reason I did so was to prevent idle speculation without solid facts, and if you followed any of the news stories you know how far off the mark the first day or two of reporting was!

I’ve ...

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PDN Training Talk is tonight!

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Be sure to join me tonight at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast about self defense: training, equipping, and preparing!

Tonight I’m planning on having an in-depth discussion with Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics. We’re going to look at the practicalities of immediate medical response in a mass casualty incident, when people are panicking and you might still be “under fire”. What do you need to know, what do you need to do, and how should you practice those ...

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The new episode of PDN Training Talk is just two days away!

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Be sure to join me this Thursday evening at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast where you’ll learn about the things you can do to keep you and your family safe!

This week my special guest expert is Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics. We’re going to look at the practicalities of immediate medical response in a mass casualty incident, when people are panicking and you might still be “under fire”. What do you need to know, what do you need ...

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Let’s try that again…

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If you tuned into Training Talk last Thursday, you witnessed a technical failure that left me steaming mad!

About 10 minutes in, the Google Hangouts cloud-based software crashed. I saw an error message, was locked out of the video, and then the video itself shut down. The software wouldn’t let me log back into the session  and when I finally got logged back in everything was ...

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Bugging out, revisited.

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Bugging out

As I’ve mentioned (and expanded on in Prepping For Life), I’m not usually a fan of the “bugout” concept — at least as it’s typically conceived.

As many people think of it, bugging out is a semi-permanent relocation to a retreat preselected for its defensibility and likely stocked with survival provisions. Others think of bugging out as running to a wilderness area where they ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 13, 2017

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More great articles to help you and your family stay safe and sound!

 

You’ve got the tourniquet…

…but do you know how to use it? Caleb Causey from Lone Star Medics shows you the basics of applying a tourniquet properly.

 

So you know how to use a tourniquet…

…but have you practiced applying it to yourself under a realistic scenario? Caleb’s back, this time with ...

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PDN Training Talk is tonight!

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Be sure to join me tonight at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast all about self defense: training, equipping, and preparing.

Here’s the link to the show page, which goes LIVE this evening. I hope you can join me!  (If you can’t make the live show, you can always watch the replay at that link as well!)

— Grant 

P.S.: Remember to invite your friends!

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The new episode of PDN Training Talk is just two days away!

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Be sure to join me this Thursday evening at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast where you’ll learn about the things you can do to keep you and your family safe!

Here’s the link to the show page, and it will go LIVE this Thursday evening. Be sure to join me then!  (If you can’t make the live show, you can always watch the replay at that link as well!)

— Grant 

P.S.: Remember to invite your friends!

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 30, 2017

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What’s in the Hump Day Reading List this week? A variety of articles on self defense, preparedness, safety, and responsibility — all aimed at helping you live a more resilient and happy life!

 

The unseen danger of blunt force injuries

There is a perception, particularly among those who have little exposure to actual violence, that empty hands aren’t really dangerous — at least, “not ...

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You win 100% of the fights you don’t have

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Cat fight

Ever heard the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? It should be engraved on concealed carry licenses all across the country.

You’re always better off taking small precautions (regular immunizations, checkups, and eating properly) to prevent getting sick than you are spending lots of money trying to get well after the fact.

In self defense terms, it means that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 23, 2017

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It’s the world-famous Hump Day Reading list! More great information this week, perfect for sharing with others.

 

Revolvers, prepping, and more!

I recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Lloyd Bailey, host of The Armed Lutheran podcast. We talked, of course, about revolvers (and I get in one of my famous digs on the 1911 and its creator), as well ...

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On Training Talk: Dangerous technology?

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Joshua Gideon with spy camera

If you missed last night’s Training Talk episode, you’ll definitely want to watch the replay!

My Guest Expert was Joshua Gideon, who presented us with a conundrum: what happens when technology becomes both friend and foe?

We looked at a number of technologies and the implications — both good and bad — of relying on them. From pairing your phone in ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 9, 2017

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Another Wednesday, another Hump Day Reading List! I’ve got quite a variety today, all aimed at helping you live a safer, more secure life.

 

Can you trust gun law maps?

We’ve all seen them, and perhaps even consulted them from time to time. Maps showing gun laws and concealed carry restrictions are common on the ‘net, but how reliable are they? As it happens, ...

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